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Saturday
Sep202014

Big Brother Gossip Show #414: Finale

Thankfully, this season comes to an end this week, so tonight's show is our big finale. We talk about the evictions of Frankie and Caleb, the first two of three final competitions, along with some overall thoughts of the season.

While all three of us are disappointed with the season, we feel that this is the best season of the Big Brother Gossip Show. For that I thank Colette and Mike, along wth Ash for her help with audio. We all thank all of you for listening to us this season, and we hope we entertained you.

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Sunday
Sep072014

Big Brother Season 16, Episode 33 Recap (Without Viewing)

Sorry, folks, but this is another episode that I'm skipping. I'm assuming that I'm not alone. Besides the premiere of another reality show on another network, the mysterious button makes anything that happens this week unnecessary. (Plus, I refuse to watch Jeff and Jordan. Sorry cat ladies.)

That doesn't mean that I can't recap, though. Production has been so predictable in recent years, that I bet that I'm close to perfect in this outline of tonight's show:

1. The show starts off with a look back at double eviction night. Christine's boos are discussed by the house, and Cody has a diary room segment where he's concerned about what that means about his popularity. Frankie, of course, will have plenty to say about it.

2. The house looks at the mysterious button in the have-not room, and they all have diary room segments about what they think it means. Victoria says something completely ridiculous, Derrick worries about his game, and Caleb believes it could mean prizes and fame. Frankie again makes it all about him.

3. The HOH competition, won by Frankie. We all know how this works. Instructions are read to the house, and then there are diary room segments where the rules are explained again. They all talk about how it's so important that they win this competition. After Frankie wins, he goes nuts for the camera, and also in the diary room. 

4. More discussion on the button before the house decides to push it. Frankie again makes it all about him, and ensures maximum camera time.

5. Jeff and Jordan's prearranged engagement. Excuse me while I vomit. Jordan pretends to be surprised, even though it was announced on Thursday's show that they had a big announcement. Cody thinks they did it on Big Brother because they love the cast so much, Caleb believes that it's because they want him to sing, Derrick worries how this will affect his game (I'm joking), and Frankie is over the top in his excitement. 

6. A few minutes of nonsensical game talk, including Derrick again lecturing the viewers on his mastery of directing the conversations. Frankie talks about targetting a big player.

7. Frankie nominates Victoria and Cody, dressed outrageously and peppered with sexual innuendo. The audience yawns, and turns back to either Sunday Night Football or Utopia.

The end.

Thursday
Sep042014

Big Brother Season 16, Episode 32 Recap

Even in the most tepid seasons, double eviction are quite fun. Tonight should be no exception, especially if the ringmaster doesn’t get his way. Or, even better, a certain relative of a famous pop star walks out that door.

Adding to the suspense, Julie Chen (or her assistant) tweeted out an ominous picture of a button inside a glass box, along with the promise of a “new twist”. Yesterday, the feeds had gone down for a few hours as the Have-Not room was cleared out. Could there be a special deal where one trades safety for a certain time (24 hours or so) locked in that room?

There’s other business to attend to before we get to that moment, including the boring and predictable nomination of Victoria to replace Christine as the second nominee to sit next to Nicole. For some reason, we start off with Frankie and Caleb talking about what they want to have for dinner. Oh, they’re doing it to torment Nicole, who is a Have-Not. She’s not happy. “I just feel like they’re heartless...I’m just so pissed.”

She heads into the fire room to break down in tears with Nicole. “It’s sad that this girl is so willing to make big moves than big Beastmode because he wants this five foot two, blonde girl who is alone in the game out of the house. How does it benefit him? I don’t know.” Victoria replies that she thought he was going to put up Frankie, but Nicole says he didn’t “because he’s a wimp”.

Up in the HOH, Caleb is talking to Frankie. He doesn’t want to hide anything from Frankie, so he (stupidly) admits that he gave some thought to putting up Frankie. This may be the dumbest conversation of the year. Caleb, if things don’t work as planned tonight, Frankie will probably dump your ass, despite what he says in this chat. His diary room reasoning is that he didn’t want somebody else telling him, and he does save himself a bit by including what the others said. Oh wait, he does throw Cody under the bus. Maybe it wasn’t so dumb after all. Frankie concludes it by saying he is Caleb’s “biggest ally in the house”.

After some dumb dinosaur moves by Cody (why?), Derrick runs into Frankie in the bathroom. He asks him if he’s ok, and Frankie tells him that he knows about the previous night’s conversations. “It wasn’t anything serious”, Derrick lies, but then informs him that “he (Caleb) brought it up”. He says it’s all due to the fact that he’s paranoid all the time, and says he was never really concerned about it. Frankie doesn’t agree. “I’m not stupid. He was seriously considering it.” Derrick now has some work to do.

They head into the kitchen, and Derrick asks if he really thought he was in jeopardy. When Frankie says yes, Derrick responds that he doensn’t agree. Frankie then says that “if I do go out of this game, I want the knife to come from the front”. Derrick says that he has nothing to worry about from him, but Frankie says in the diary room that he’s not buying it.

In the bathroom, Derrick tells Cody what’s going down with Frankie. Cody thinks Caleb is an idiot, but Derrick downplays not only what Caleb told him but Frankie’s reaction. Cody says in the diary room that Frankie is still his main target. Derrick says that Christine has to go home next, but if she saves herself again then it has to be Frankie. “That’s why he should have fucking went home”, replies Cody. You dummy! Last week, you were HOH AND POV holder! You could have done this!

That’s it with old footage, as Julie now tells the house that it’s another double eviciton night (which they alerady knew anyway). Only Frankie pretends to be excited by the news. Anything to get on TV, I guess.

We jump right to final pleas, and Nicole thanks her family and then babbles about “forgetting to leave my heart at the door”. She thanks Victoria for being a “great friend”, and then tells the rest of them to “stop playing Big Baby. Let’s play Big Brother, and make some big game moves.” Good for her!

Julie says “well done”, and then Victoria flashes her panties before thanking her family. She says that she loves them all, and wants to stay in the house. Typical Victoria nothingness.

Voting then starts with Christine, who votes to evict Nicole, as does Derrick, Frankie, and Cody. As expected, Nicole is evicted for the second time. She hugs them all, and heads out the door.

Julie starts the interview by asking about the difficulty in returning to the game. Her reply is that the first HOH threw her off as she didn’t remember any dates. She is then asked about her thoughts on the final six, and Nicole says they’re all good and has no idea who is going to be in the finals. Julie follows it up by asking who will be the first to be targeted, and Nicole thinks it could be Frankie and Cody. Ugh, Julie also has to ask about Hayden. Nicole says “better than before”. Julie wraps it up by asking who she wants to see follow her tonight, and Nicole replies “sorry, ladies, but probably Cody and Christine”.

After commercials, it’s HOH comp time, and not surprisingly, it’s a question comp called “What the Bleep”. A series of videos from evicted houseguests are played with a word bleeped, and they have to say true or false to what Julie says could be the bleeped word.

The first question is from Donny’s HOH letter, and Derrick is the ONLY person who gets it right. Really??? What the hell??? (I don’t think he wanted to win this comp.)

When we come back from commercials, Derrick is alone in the fire room. Victoria is shown coming in to talk to him, and he hugs her as he tells her that she has to go up. His target is either Christine or Frankie. Christine then comes in and hugs him, and tells him to “do whatever you want”. Caleb comes in next, and he tells him the Christine/Frankie plan. “Let’s do it”, he says to the camera that’s not on his face.

Julie calls everyone (well, only Derrick is not in there already), and he has to now nominate. He says that after talking to everybody he’s not going to make any waves, and this means that Victoria and Christine are nominated. “Nothing personal; going with the house.”

There’s another series of adverts before the veto competition. This one is a maze (big shocker) called “Mazed and Confused”, and they have to navigate a ball through three “crop circle mazes”. Frankie is the first to the second maze, followed by Christine, Caleb, and Cody. Frankie gets to the third maze (dammit), and jumps way ahead. Yes, he wins. Ugh, our big chance to be rid of him for this season!!!

There’s lots of dead air before the commercials, which also seem to go on FOREVER, before we get to the veto ceremony. We come back to see him talking to Derrick, and it’s a tedious, self-important convo on both sides. Derrick wants safety for next week, and Frankie sort of tells him yes. Julie announces just one more minute before the ceremony, and Caleb and Cody both run in. It’s worthless. Come on. Let’s just get to it!

Finally! Julie struggles with reading the rules, and we have to get through the pleas before the actual decision. Neither Christine or Victoria say anything worthy of repeating, and Frankie announces that he’s not using the veto.

There’s even MORE commercials before we get to the voting. Ugh, they have to plead some more. Christine says “Tim is hot” and she misses him. She giggles and says basically nothing, as does Victoria. Seriously, why are they doing this?

Voting FINALLY begins with Frankie, who votes to evict Christine, as does Caleb and Cody. Another boring unanimous vote. CBS pumps up the dramatic music, but it does nothing to create any real tension. Julie announces the vote, and Christine heads out without any hugs or goodbyes. You’ve just been Britney’d, girl. Wow, she was booed as she walked out, and the house heard it! Frankie says that it was indeed proof that “we made the right choice”.

Julie asks why she didn’t say goodbye to anybody. “These were your Detonators.” Christine replies that she was expecting it. Julie then asks if she regrets turning on Hayden and Nicole. She does regret it, but she says that doesn’t mean that she would have lasted longer. The subject of Victoria is brought up, and Christine says that since she’s terrible at competitions they know they can beat her in the final.

Cody is then brought up to a few hisses in the audience, and Christine says that they were just friends. “He had a hilarious personality. I thought he was really funny.” She is mad that he voted her out, but she’s mad at them all for that. That’s it for Christine!

Before we head out, Julie shows us the mysterious button. If it’s pushed in the next few days, then whatever happens this week will be stopped. The nominees will come down, and the final week will be replayed. I guess my prediction was wrong, but it made more sense than that silliness. Ugh, and Jeff and Jordan will be on. The final moments then feature the house looking at said buttong.

So we’re now finished. What did you think? Are you happy that Christine joined Nicole out the door? Are you disappointed that Frankie won veto? Talk it out, my friends!

 

Wednesday
Sep032014

Big Brother 2014: What Went Wrong?

It’s pretty clear that the sixteenth season of Big Brother is a failure. In all of the years I’ve been watching, blogging, and/or podcasting the show, I’ve never found so much apathy in the fan base. My twitter feed used to overload during network broadcasts, and it would take an hour to catch up with the overnight posts in the morning. I now see more Utopia updates in my timeline than anything Big Brother-related.

What went wrong?

It’s easy to blame Frankie. He is in my opinion the worst person ever cast on the show, and even mainstream websites are starting to report on his diva ways. As I’ve stated before, since he outed his famous sister and his own supposed online celebrity status, he’s strutted around the house like it’s his personal stage. Everybody else is just an extra to the Frankie show.

It’s also easy to complain about the twists. We were promised the “most twisted season ever”, but there were really only two twists, and both the dual HOH’s and Team America were disasters. Otherwise, it’s been the same competitions and the same returning player gimmicks that we see every year. When the contestants whose only knowledge of the game is the DVD’s provided to them before the season starts know what’s going to happen every week there is a problem.

That still doesn’t fully explain why fans are leaving in droves.

The real answer is a bit more subtle. Like a high school boy mesmerized by his classmate’s short skirts, week after week we’re being teased mercilessly. Every Sunday or Monday, we have a glimmer of hope that the season will be saved. For a few hours, or a day or two, there’s a strong possibility of a big move.

Week after week feed watchers are played like fools.

Typically, it all begins with an idea that it’s time to blindside a so-called strong player. Hours of conversations are held; scenarios are played out. Quite often, the decision is made to make the big move.

Just as quickly as the idea is sprung, it’s deflated. A “voice of reason”, aka Derrick, decides it’s not the right time to make this move, and some combination of Victoria, Nicole, Donny, and Jocasta have remained on the block. From Monday afternoon to Thursday’s eviction, there’s been little worth viewing.

Most viewers can be ok with this type of turn of events once or twice. We’re now at weeks and weeks of this exact same scenario. I’m tired of it, and I know I’m not alone.

What is sort of funny about this lame season is that a lot of the blame goes to a player who was dispatched the second week of the season. Remember how we laughed and laughed when Devin (who?) created that alliance that included almost the entire house? It’s because of his work that a group of five have controlled the house ever since. They’ve been a part of every week’s HOH, and have orchestrated every set of nominees. Even when their plans don’t work out, they’ve been able to regroup and ultimately end up with that combo of noms I already mentioned.

This week was no different than the week before, or the week before that. As you’ll see on tonight’s broadcast, Caleb had a moment of clarity on Sunday, and for a few hours it looked like our long summer nightmare could be dispatched. Frankie was all but guaranteed to be evicted, but Derrick (along with some paranoia-inducing chatter from Frankie) convinced Caleb it wasn’t the time to do this. When will it be?

It’s really time for CBS to step in and fix the show. Forget about “twists” or stuntcasts. Stop recruiting in bars. Don’t call a person a “superfan” just because she made t-shirts of the cute, nerdy boys. Find people who have some knowledge of the game, but not enough that they’ll be too guarded to let loose on the live feeds. Mix up the competitions. Do something to fix this mess, as it’s looking more and more outdated every year!